Styles & Regions

The city of natural wine

Natural wine is one of the most controversial additions to the wine firmament. What is not in dispute is that its spiritual home is Paris, as Christian Holthausen explains.

Argentina’s red gold

Malbec, a classic grape from France, turns out to do thrillingly well in Argentina, putting that country on the world’s wine map, says Richard Woodard. And it all started around the barbecue.

Shaking up the Place

After Gary Boom received bad service one too many times from wine merchants, he decided to shake up the market. Adam Lechmere speaks with the founder of the Bordeaux Index.

Tuscany’s rising star

In the not-so-distant past, Montalcino was one of the poorest places in Tuscany. Today, finds Richard Woodard, the market can’t get enough of Brunello. He charts the transformation.

Fruit-flavoured wines

The ready-mixed wine cocktail is back on the shelves and it’s taking the market by storm. Robert Joseph looks at the new breed of fruit-flavoured wines and asks why they’re so appealing.

Retsina revival

Greece’s ancient wine style has had a difficult few decades, as it has become synonymous with poor-quality wines. Yiannis Karakasis and Grigoris Michailos chart a quality revival.

Talking autochthonous

A growing number of indigenous varieties are hitting the market. But while they offer new tastes, their unfamiliarity and unusual names can make them difficult to market. Richard Woodard takes a look.

To brett or not to brett

As viticulture and winemaking techniques change, Brettanomyces is on the rise. For some wine lovers, no amount is acceptable, while others find it adds complexity. Robert Joseph experiments on some tasters.

Wine at altitude

Grapes grown at higher altitudes ripen differently to their counterparts further down. Wink Lorch looks at the new push to establish vineyards at ever higher heights.

Meunier emerges

In the holy trinity of Champagne grape varieties, Meunier has not only suffered the indignity of coming third, but it’s also been given the wrong name. Christian Holthausen reports on Meunier’s makeover.

Cava still struggles

Cava has yet to capitalise on the buoyant international sparkling wine market. Patricia Langton asks if the scenario could change anytime soon.

Welcome to the club

Direct-to-consumer wine shipping was worth $1.82bn in 2014 alone, says Leslie Gevirtz. It’s a market sector that encompasses everything from wine clubs with regular shipping plans, to private clubs for cashed-up networkers.

The challenge of Riesling

While the ‘Riesling Renaissance’ article is a staple of consumer wine magazines, the position ­of Riesling is not so clear-cut. Richard Woodard goes looking for answers.

Spain’s white revolution

Sommeliers from San Francisco to Sydney are looking for crisp Spanish whites for their wine lists. James Lawrence reports on the remarkable growth of white wine exports, from a country more famed for its reds.

The buyers of New York

New York may be one of the USA’s most dynamic wine markets, but it’s also one of the toughest to break into. Leslie Gevirtz asks the power players for advice on how to make it in the Big Apple.